Wil Wheaton in Boston

Wil Wheaton was in Boston last Sunday. He gave a reading at the Coolidge Corner Theater and signed books at the Brookline Booksmith. Wil is a very engaging performer and the talk was very lively with alot of banter and crowd interaction.

I was able to get a few pictures of the event(with my new Canon Digital Rebel).


Wil Speaking


Wil Signing

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Back to da UP

Along with DC/Baltimore, San Fran, and maybe Raleigh. In the month of July I will be flying into the glorious airport of CMX. I will be at my parents place on Lake Superior for the week of the 23rd to the 29th. I fly in late on the 21st and back out in the afternoon on the 29th.

If you will be in the area drop me a comment/email and we can hook up.

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Mice army

The mice army want a rematch. Last count is 1 to 0(spi vs mice). Saw the bugger running across our countertop earlier today. Oh the joys of a living in a new to me but old apartment.

I took the hammer but can't quite do much with that... will have to resort to the trap.

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What a nice day.

Though one of the disks in my raid array is acting up. I hate moving my computer.

cheating by back dating

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The Eternal Value of Privacy

Bruce Schneier is on the money in his recent Wired article "The Eternal Value of Privacy"

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we're doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.
Too many wrongly characterize the debate as "security versus privacy." The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that's why we should champion privacy ...

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I made it

So I traveled 350 odd miles in 6 days. Going 90 miles on my longest day.

[![The bikes!](http://static.flickr.com/46/151682523_954d438b38_m.jpg)](http://www.flickr.com/photos/spi/151682523/) The bike I bought was a Trek 520. It is made for touring and made me very happy. Had a nice time riding it across Oregon.
[![Almost there](http://static.flickr.com/48/151682670_ade9ba067a_m.jpg)](http://www.flickr.com/photos/spi/151682670/)The passes were long
[![Meltwater is running](http://static.flickr.com/49/151684439_d62d6e6082_m.jpg)](http://www.flickr.com/photos/spi/151684439/)In the 90s so it ...
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Not that you would notice

I haven't written here for a while and the trend won't be picking up for at least another week.

At noon today I head off to Oregon for a week of biking. Hopefully around 350 miles or so. No internet or cell phones or anything connected or electronic. Though maybe my music until the battery dies.

So don't be suprised if you don't see me on AIM or IRC.


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Free Culture

Today I went to the Northeastern Free Culture Forum. It was the kickoff of the Free Culture group at Northeastern. Lawrence Lessig, Derek Slater (EFF), and Nelson Pavlosky (FC.o) were on the panel. Some very salient points were made. It was the first time I ever saw Larry Lessig present and his thoughts really struck home with me. I had never ran into the short and sweet of what the free culture movement hopes to bring forth. We really need to create an free software ecology out of everything that makes up culture. Lessig's speach was similar and ...

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Ricky Gervais' podcast

So Ricky Gervais' podcast is going proprietary, the next season of his podcast will only be available on audible.com and iTunes. I will not be tuning in. There is no way for me to do that since I don't have a windows, macintosh computer, or an iPod. Totally silly move in my mind. The amount of people listening to the podcast will drop off like crazy. Of course I am sure this is just a test to see if they can make money off it. I wish they would go with some type of mp3 subscription model that ...

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Cory Doctorow @ MIT

Cory Doctorow spoke at MIT tonight. I am very very impressed with his public speaking ability. Cory makes some of the best analogies I have heard about the history of art and where it should go in the future. However that future is under attack by people who do not understand where art has been and how money can be made from art in the future. I can see why he is sought to provide explanations to government officials about why copyright/ip law//freedom needs to be balanced and why the current media conglomerates are pushing to make it ...

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